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Produced with the support of the European Commission, a study entitled "Cohesion Policy and Sustainable Development" is now available on this website. The purpose was to examine how Cohesion Policy could contribute to managing the shift to the green economy and to the development of the post-2013 Cohesion Policy framework .

The study assessed the impact of Cohesion Policy investments 2007-2013 on the environment, and the way that sustainable development considerations have been integrated into planning, implementation and follow-up at the strategic, programming and policy level. This was done through a number of case studies, as well as analysis of the available data at EU level, in particular in relation to expenditure. It also made a number of recommendations on how the integration of sustainable development into Cohesion Policy could be improved.

The study was completed in December 2011 by a consortium led by the Institute for European Environmental Policy.

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